Hey everyone! I’m so glad you are back with us to read another topic God has laid on my heart. We have talked on a lot of topics these last few letters, but something that is so crucial to our teaching, is how we are saved from our sin. I have always talked to you about asking Jesus into your heart, and I have touched the surface, but now I want to hit on something that even those who knew the law had problems understanding.
Many people have many different thought processes on how to get to heaven. They even go as far as to say that there are many ways to heaven. Or they say I don’t believe your bible, because after all, it was written by man. These are just a couple of objections that people throw up when someone is ministering to them. This is no different a thought process than what the religious leaders had when Jesus was ministering on the earth with the disciples. The religious leaders had it all worked out on how the Messiah would show up.
He would show up like a warrior and overthrow the Romans and set things up right. The problem was, that wasn’t what God wanted to do. When Jesus came as a baby in a feed trough to a carpenter and young girl, this turned the traditions all upside down. And as Jesus started His ministry at 30 years old, He didn’t stop turning things upside down.
The religious leaders despised Jesus because of the claims that He was making, because after all, if God doesn’t fit in our box then it can’t be God’s work. At least that is the kind of thought process they seemed to have. Even though they knew the prophecies from the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) that told how the Messiah would come, and how things would go, they still denied Jesus as Messiah and still do to this day.
Take one of the encounters that Jesus had with a religious leader named Nicodemus.
Look at John 3:1-15
1Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.a ”
4“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spiritb gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘Youcmust be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”d
9“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.e 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,f 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
Nicodemus was a well educated man. He was very well versed in the law and knew about all the prophecies that talked about the coming Messiah.
Even though he was a smart man, he still struggled with the concept that Jesus threw at him. Because he was looking at things from an earthly perspective.
When Jesus said that you have to be born again, Nicodemus thought He was talking about physical birth. But Jesus was talking about being born again spiritually. Think about this…when sin entered the world we died spiritually to God. That is why Jesus came…to restore that relationship between us and God. To fill the void left by man’s original sin, (Genesis 3) to take the penalty that we deserved, He took it on Himself so that we didn’t have to. He bore our pain, our sins, past, present and future. He took it all on Himself. Jesus Loves you and He wants to be with you. He came and gave it all for you. God left His throne and came in man form so that He could take all our sins and iniquities onto His shoulders. If you are waiting till you are deserving of God, I’ve got news for you…none of us deserves what God did, but He did it anyway.
Jesus could have stopped it at anytime before He went to the Cross. He could have said I’m done, it’s not worth it. Come take me home. The amazing part is that He didn’t. He willingly went through all the torture and ridicule, being spit on and His body torn apart for us. God did that for you and for me He did it for us all.
So I want you to understand you are all welcome to come to Jesus. He is waiting for us to ask, He is waiting for us to call out His name and ask Him to save us. What He did for us is a free gift. We don’t have to pay anything, all you have to do is believe and allow Jesus to come into your heart. He’s waiting with His arms wide open for you to ask Him in and He’ll come running.
Jesus Loves you and nothing is going to change that, He will never stop loving you even if you choose not to follow Him and believe He still loves you, and He will always be waiting should you change your mind. Don’t wait, ask Him into your heart and allow Him to become leader and controller of your life.
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I thank you so much for joining us again and taking time out of your schedule to read what God has laid on my heart.
I am praying for you that the Holy Spirit will get hold of you and direct you to the saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
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I am here for you and I love you all. I am praying for you all.
May God Bless you and keep you. Just remember, God Loves you and so do I.
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism